October 11, 2017

a free cleaning kit from Grove Collaborative...

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It's been while since I've blogged regularly enough to be able to offer a freebie like this to all of you lovelies, but this month I'm back at it! The folks at Grove Collaborative are offering all new customers their exclusive cleaning concentrates bundle (worth over $30) with your first order of $20 or more.

For the last couple years, I've ditched regular all-purpose cleaners for homemade versions, and I must say: I'm never going back. I typically use a concentrate blend from Young Living or this favorite recipe, but I'm loving the convenience and simplicity of the Grove Collaborative concentrates. I'm basically obsessed with their glass spray bottles (I have several I use regularly) and this set comes with one that also has a silicone sleeve, which not only looks pretty sitting on my kitchen counter but is also much more safe.

I've been a loyal Grove customer for years now, and can't say enough about this company. And just because I'm an affiliate doesn't mean I'm swimming in free products in order to promote them—most months I continue to order from them, referral credits or not (which is saying something for this gal, who is quite addicted to Amazon Prime). They have such a huge selection of natural and organic products at great prices, and I love everything I've tried from their own brand, as well. They have everything you need from home and cleaning to baby and beauty—from brands like Method, Mrs. Meyer's, Acure Organics, Babyganics and so many more.

Yes, I love them so.

If you've been waiting to become a customer, now is a great time to snag this bundle for free! See below for all the details:
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Here is what is included in the bundle you will receive:
  • set of three cleaning concentrates (includes all purpose, glass, tub + tile)
  • set of three microfiber cleaning cloths
  • glass spray bottle with silicone sleeve
  • free shipping on this + all orders for the next 60 days (always a favorite)
And here's now to get it!
1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the concentrates bundle for free when you sign up!

2. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and want to receive in your first box.

3. You made it! Click Finish & Pay and you'll receive your order within a few days.

— I know some of you are already Grove Collaborative customers, so if you're in the mood to receive some walnut scrubbers with your next shipment, just click on over here and they'll be added for free. Hooray!

This offer is good through Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at 6PM PST.

As a reminder, you are never required to make any purchase from Grove Collaborative beyond the first shipment you receive. Every month they will send you an email letting you know your monthly order will ship soon—from there, you can either empty your basket to skip a month, fill your basket with whatever you happen to need, or cancel your account altogether. No pressure!
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I hope some of you are able to take advantage of this great deal and begin ditching your harsher daily cleaners for good. Baby steps to green living are the best steps, my friends. Enjoy!

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October 7, 2017

a small list of good things...

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+ I do declare it officially muffin-baking season, regardless of the fact that both today and yesterday the temperatures hovered around the mid-90s. (I've come to realize that an October heatwave is inevitable here in Southern California. I weep.) Yesterday I had the girls help me make a batch of my favorite zucchini muffins and I'm ready to be once again making a weekly batch of baked goods to devour. If you're interested in trying out some of my go-to recipes, I posted a list of my six absolute favorites last year.

+ I love a good true crime podcast, and recently discovered a new one called Dirty John. It is so well done and even more fascinating (terrifying?) to me because the crimes in question happened close to where we live. I'm such a highly sensitive person in so many ways, but there's something about true crime that has always been a bit of an obsession for me. (I blame my dad, who has always had a career in law enforcement. Thanks, dad! Expect phone calls at night when I can't sleep due to extreme paranoia!) If true crime podcasts are your thing, too, then definitely check this one out. This one is still coming out with new episodes, which is kind of fun for me because I can't remember the last time I listened to a podcast like this in "real time".

+ Last week was a fantastic week in our homeschool routine. Our school year hasn't been completely consistent due to having family in town here and there, but I know that mid-October we will be able to get back into our groove. Last week came and went without any interruptions, and seeing how our days flow rather nicely when we stick to our routine (and how much Eisley learns during short, consistent lessons) has been very encouraging. In the same way, I love that homeschooling means that Eisley doesn't miss out on visits from family when they are here—and that we're able to adjust our schedule as needed to make time for important life-things like this.

+ Apparently I'm good at watercolor painting and I really had no idea. It's like a whole new world. We're doing nature journaling as part of our curriculum this year and I figured I'd start one alongside Eisley, never thinking I'd actually enjoy it as much as I have. We spend part of the morning every Friday sketching and painting something we learned about during that week, and it's quickly becoming my favorite. When Jay came home from work last night he saw what I had worked on that day and said, "You drew this?" I was all, "I KNOW, RIGHT?" It's really the most surprising thing. And good for my creative soul.

+ Cora has been sleeping past 7 every morning lately, and it has been the greatest thing ever. Those of you who have always had children who sleep past 8 will not understand this in the slightest, but those of you who have been, like me, blessed with early-risers will join me in a hallelujah and amen. Eisley has always been up before the sun (typically waking between 6 and 6:30) and Cora has mostly followed in her footsteps during her first two years. However, these days I'm typically able to wake before the girls and have 30-45 minutes before Eisley is up and ready for breakfast, then another 30-60 minutes with her alone before Cora wakes. I'm loving this new morning routine, my friends.

— Further reading: more small lists of good things

October 6, 2017

things that made me swoon in September...

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This month's list is a wee bit late, but things have been rather busy around these parts (when are they not, really?) and I haven't been able to make time to post anything. Without further ado, here are some favorites from the month of September!

1. The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher — First things first: This book will in no way appeal to you if you don't consider yourself to be a conservative of the Christian faith. I don't like to get political here (there's enough of that on the internet and debating things makes me sweaty) but this book is such a gem that I had to share it with those of you who may also appreciate the author's insight. We were going through this book recently at our church, and I was able to listen to the audio version for free on Hoopla. The narration is done very well, and I think it was easier to get through the book on audio as opposed to reading a hard copy (mostly because the beginning of the book is heavy on history and other information that is a little hard to digest at times). In any case, this is a fantastic read and it gave me so much to think about as a Christian, as a parent, and as an American.

2. Welch's Sparkling Sangria — So, truth be told, I've been missing drinking something other than water and my morning cup of coffee during this pregnancy. I saw this during a recent trip to ALDI and ended up buying it on a whim (it was less than $3, so even if it wasn't good, at least I wasn't spending a lot). It ended up being so good. Maybe it's just my weird, pregnancy tastebuds talking, but I have a feeling I shall be buying this many more times during the upcoming holiday season.

3. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oaks — This is one of the best books I've read this year. I typically steer clear of YA fiction, but a friend so highly recommended this one that I had to give it a try. It reads much more like an adult novel than most YA I've read, and it's one of those books that is almost impossible to put down after reading the first few pages. It follows the story of a teenaged girl who is charged with a violent crime after escaping a cult that had her isolated in the woods for more than a dozen years. (Have we established that I will pretty much anything that has to do with cults? It's an issue.) There is some graphic violence and a few scenes that were hard to get through, but making it through the gritty parts is worth it. It's such a unique story and incredibly well written.

4. Wooden Block Puzzle app — I haven't had a game installed on my iPhone since Eisley was a newborn and I was on a Candy Crush kick along with the rest of humanity. Mostly, I don't like having anything on my phone that becomes something I use to pass time when there are better things to occupy my mind (I already have enough trouble getting sucked into endless IG scrolling). But when this app was recently recommended on the Sorta Awesome Podcast, I was rather curious and had to check it out. Aaaaaaand now I am obsessed. I typically end up playing it a bit in the evenings when I'm laying on the couch eating an ice cream sandwich in all my exhausted, pregnant glory. It's a very satisfying game, and if you ever found yourself addicted to Tetris in your youth, I promise you will enjoy this app way more than is probably healthy.

5. Libby app — Two apps in one post? I know! It's a strange world we live in. But this app—which is by the folks that brought you Overdrive—is such an upgrade from the original Overdrive, which lets you borrow audiobooks and ebooks for free when linked to your library card. I was having trouble linking my new library card to Overdrive last month and was sent to this app instead. The design is so beautiful and easy to use! If you aren't using this one (or Hoopla) to listen to audiobooks for free, you're missing out. Between both of those apps, it's rare for me to not be able to find what I'm looking for.

6. Ikea SILVERHOJDEN Frames — I've been wanting to frame some larger prints for ages, but so many frames end up being cost prohibitive—even when shopping at good ol' Target. I ended up finding these frames in a 16x20" size for only $9.99 each at Ikea. I bought three to fill a blank wall in our place that has been hurting my eyeballs since we moved in early this year. Even though some may say gold is trendy, I love these frames, and using black and white photos inside keeps the look simple. I'm actually planning on buying a few more of these for the wall beside our staircase, because a staircase photo gallery has always been my dream and now it shall finally come true. Thanks, Ikea!

Let me know if there are any swoon-worthy items you've discovered within the last month! I always love to hear about them.

— Further reading: What had me swooning three years ago

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